Cliff Wright's cover art for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Cliff Wright’s cover art for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The original artwork for two Harry Potter books is being sold at an auction in Los Angeles this week.

British artist Cliff Wright created ink and watercolour illustrations for the covers of 1998’s Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and 1999’s Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

The Chamber of Secrets cover features the famous scene where Ron steals his father’s Ford Anglia after the gate at Platform 9 & 3/4 seals itself and he and Harry are unable to get back to school. Accompanied by Hedwig, both Harry and Ron are grinning at their daring. Book readers will of course know that later the ride becomes far less enchanting, ending in a crash-landing into the Whomping Willow. The minimum bid is set at $20,000.

Cliff Wright's cover art for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Cliff Wright’s cover art for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

1999’s Prisoner of Azkaban cover depicts Harry, Hermione and Buckbeak the Hippogriff. A petrified Hermione clings to Harry on the back Buckbeak – who they have just rescued from execution at the hands of the Ministry of Magic after using Hermione’s Time-Turner to travel back in time three hours – as they race to rescue Sirius Black from the Dementors. The starting price for bids on the painting – a third draft ”rough” – nearing the final design – is $12,500.

Both pieces will be auctioned by Nate D Sanders in Los Angeles on Thursday 27 March.


Pictures ©Nate D Sanders

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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